A large collection of E-books by McGraw Hill for engineering subject areas. Check the AccessEngineering LibGuide for content coverage, user guides, and video tutorials.
Note: Review articles, an important source of background information, can be really helpful in getting started: They synthesize key research on your topic, and normally are written by experts in your fields.
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